Past Event

Check the Rhime: The Cultural and Political Roots of Hip Hop

A Road Scholar Program by Lasana Kazembe

Check the Rhime explores the historical and classical foundations of hip-hop music and culture. We trace the art form from its inception and original mission, and provide an in-depth look at the vocal pioneers (i.e., godfathers and godmothers) of the movement. Through examples in video, music and lyrics, examine the legacy of hip-hop and learn more about the cultural and political forces that paved the way for its creation. Audiences will also learn about hip-hop’s international appeal, including its current manifestations in spoken word, and look at how the art form has influenced cultures throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Toyin Fox, 618-985-3741.